Captain America 2: Anthony Mackie Talks ‘Captain America 3′ & ‘The Avengers 2′

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Last summer we had the chance to speak with Anthony Mackie – at San Diego Comic-Con and on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier – about joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Mackie plays Sam Wilson, Captain America’s wingman, so to speak, from the comics and has an important role to play in Captain America 2. The high-flying, wise-cracking Falcon is easily a fan-fave and fits right into the MCU as another character we hope will one day suit up alongside The Avengers.

Like fellow non-powered Avengers Black Widow and Hawkeye, Falcon’s abilities come from simply being highly trained. The rest of it comes from how he operates as special wingsuit. Sorry, no pet bird from the comics. One of the most important characteristics of Sam Wilson however, is his loyalty to cap and his good morals. He’s a hero in every sense of the word.

Following up on our on-set interview with Mackie, Don Kaye had the opportunity to chat with him on behalf on Screen Rant recently. Their discussion on Captain America: The Winter Soldier touched on returning for Captain America 3, waiting in hope for that Avengers: Age of Ultron phone call, and introducing a more realistic and relatable Falcon to the big screen.

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Anthony Mackie as Falcon in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

How thrilling is it for you to bring this comic book character to the screen for the first time? No one’s seen the Falcon onscreen before.

It’s great, man. I was really excited because of the history of the Falcon, how much work Marvel has put into the Falcon over the years to get him right – he’s kind of an iconic figure, not only in the African-American community, but in the Marvel Universe as a whole. So when I got the call and was offered the role, it was very exciting. It was kind of like a notch in my belt as far as career achievements.

There have been different permutations of his history and different aspects of his origin, but this one feels really grounded in today.

Right, definitely. What the Russos wanted to do was make a movie that people can look at and relate to. I feel like, if you look at – the reason “The Avengers” did so well, I think, is because people can look at it and see superheroes in present day, as opposed to a dude in a field with a hammer or some rich dude living on a mountain. Captain America is actually every man’s superhero. He has so many traits about him that all of us can relate to, and with what’s going on present day with all the soldiers coming home, they added so many aspects of that – with the PTSD and all that – to this script so that it’s kind of a love letter or an ode to the soldiers coming home, to give everyone a fresh look at what we’re dealing with right now in society.

What kind of training did you do, preparing to get into the harness and the gear? Did you do anything to simulate being in the air?

I did a lot of physical training, a lot of cardio training. They kind of created this new four-point harness where instead of two lines being attached to it, they attach four lines to give us maneuverability and flexibility in the air. And I’ll say it now, and I’ll say it again and again, the hardest working people in entertainment, in the film business, are flying superheroes. I mean, by far, if you’re a superhero that flies, you got it bad, ‘cause it hurts.

So Batman driving around in that car, that’s nothing.

Oh man, every day of the week. I’d take that job every day of the week.

Did you get to take home the wings at the end of the shoot?

I asked and they said no. Marvel’s very mean with their toys, they keep everything to themselves. But if I walk in Kevin Feige’s office and those wings are framed on his wall, I’m taking ‘em.

Have you gotten a call from Joss Whedon about doing the next chapter (Age of Ultron)?

No, but I’ve been stalking him in London and harassing him and sending him emails. I’m ready for it. I mean, I’ve only met Joss twice now and I’ve made it very clear to him that whatever capacity he wants to use the Falcon, I’m there.

But I assume you’re also up for “Cap 3” when they get around to that?

Oh, no doubt. Yeah, definitely. I think “Cap 3,” with the way this movie turned out, and the way it ends, “Cap 3” has the ability to broaden this character even more. So I’m interested to see how the Russos are going to flesh him out and give him more to deal with and make him more grounded in part 3.

Did you talk to any military personnel to get any more context and research for playing Sam and for the job he does?

I did not. I did a lot of research online. I read about the uniform and the tactical group he would have to be in to do something as specific as this, and just, you know, the idea of – watched a lot of videos of soldiers coming back from war and the things they were feeling and saying, and then watched a lot of videos of counselors who had come back from war and who overcame PTSD and were helping other soldiers, ‘cause I felt like that was kind of the spine of Sam and Cap’s relationship.

Dig the live-action design of Falcon? Want to see him return as a key character in Captain America 3 (and beyond)? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. I want Anthony Mackie reprise his role as Sam Wilson/The Falcon in future Cap sequels or make that Avengers sequels.. He owned this role… Josh Whedon you better include the Falcon in Avengers 3.

    • I have not seen the full Cap-A. #2 movie yet, but plan to buy the DVD when it comes out. Heard nothing but good things about it, and saw some trailers, which impressed me. Mackie looks like the man for the job for Falcon, alright. Disappointed we did not see his red & white costume, but I was impressed with what I did see. He seems more personable than the fellows who played War Machine as a partner/sidekick for Iron Man. Perhaps just the way the character was written, but I would welcome seeing Falcon back in Cap-A. #3.

  2. I feel the ending of TWS brings a sense of bonding between Cap and Falcon, it could only be natural if Ant would make it’s way to Avengers 2.

  3. I am not getting any sound from the video.

    • I think this series of vids only plays through one speaker (left?) but it does work.

      • It seems my headphones were the issue, but it does seem to only come from one speaker (which makes sense that the headphone jack isnt working)

  4. Gah, I really have to start avoiding this website when I want avoid spoilers. Just visiting the front page has already told me that Nick Fury, Winter Soldier and Falcon all survive Captain America: TWS.

  5. Mackie’s Falcon was one of the highlights of the film. The nod to PTSD sufferers and the difficulty of returning home from war all in the form of Sam Wilson added a healthy dose of humanity to the movie.

    I found myself feeling sad that Sam was called on to return to “the war,” so to speak… Anyone else feel that way?

  6. Honestly, I didn’t know the Falcon until I heard he would be in Captain America 2. But after I heard I began to like and learn more about the character. Anthony Mackie seems like the perfect guy to play this role. Me and him both were disappointed when he said he didn’t get spandex and superpowers. But maybe next time in the next falcon featured movie (hopefully the Avengers 2) they will paint his costume red and white. I really wanted him and Rhodes to be in the Avengers 2 to add diversity(and because I like both characters). To be honest, I felt let down when I found out they were going to use 2 heroes I had never heard of in the avengers sequel rather than spiderman,falcon,and war machine(or Iron patriot). But as far as falcon, I am excited, and hopeful that they will put him in the avengers 2(with his red and white colors).

  7. given the ending of TWS (NO SPOILERS) I’d say it’d be really hard to explain his absence.

  8. I assumed Falcon would be joining the Avengers in Age Of Ultron when they not only announced that he was in CA: TWS, but then announced him as a member of the main roster in Avengers Assemble. I’m not really so sure now though. As far as we know, they’ve announced all of the major players in Age Of Ultron and started shooting, if he had a big role I think they would of said so by now. I’m still hoping he at least has some kind of cameo in Age Of Ultron. The way the TWS ended, him and Cap not being together at the start of AOU wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

  9. For sure I’d love to see more Anthony Mackie/Falcon! Dude was totally awesome in the movie! I can see them improving his suit to be more versatile as it already has (like an arm-mounted machine guns or tiny “falcon” drones he can command).
    Out of the cast, he’s the more relatable and more “human” among the cast.
    And for AoU, we can use, a little more human.

  10. I still want a little red color on Falcon’s costume. Just a nod to the original comic book source.

    Anthony Mackie rocks !!

  11. Captain America and The Falcon have so much history in the comics,it would be almost impossible NOT to have The Falcon back,for at least all of the future Captain America movies to come down the line after TWS. The Falcon is one of the coolest characters Marvel Studios has brought to the big screen,and Anthony Mackie has nailed it 100%,congrats on this great role,and hopefully an Avengers movie is in your future.

  12. I LOVED Winter Soldier and the friendship that came about with Falcon and Captain.
    The next movie I would like to see more of a romance with Agent 13 and Captain. I believe for all the things he gives up for the sake of everyone’s freedom he deserves to be happy with someone and I would like him with either Black Widow or Agent 13.

  13. Joss, you’re crazy not having Falcon in the next Avengers!!! After this weekend, I pray that you find a way to squeeze him in, cause we definately want more from him.

    • Avengers #2: hey, squeeze in Goliath (Pym) and Wasp; that’s what I really want to see!!!

  14. I can see the seen now: The Avengers find then selves in a situation that calls for certain capabilities. Iron Man and or Rodey is down or occupied. They need a flyer in the air! Captain America with a smile on his face: “Let me make a call”. WOOMMVV out come The Falcon!

  15. The Falcon character in this movie complemented Cap in so many ways. So did Black Widow. Falcon’s liveliness was infectious. A sobre Steve Rogers would naturally gravitate towards him with hope of rejuvenation. Another gloomy ally wouldn’t have made sense. Sam was more of a friend and counsellor. BW on the other hand makes for an interesting triangle as Steve, who needs counselling, tries to counsel BW who herself needs some form of therapy due to her haunting past. BW in turn does her own form of counselling by trying to get Steve hitched throughout the movie. Quite hilarious ‘multi tasking’. With all that’s going on, this friend/counsellor triangle adds further colour to an already beautiful story.
    What I also liked about Falcon was that he was human and not invincible. He seemed to be losing the fight with the Hydra agent before the carrier came crashing to the rescue. His vulnerability speaks volumes in the movie. He’s just a trained soldier not a SHIELD agent- a courageous one with ‘special skill sets’.

    I wouldn’t mind a brief cameo for Falcon in Avengers 2 but I fear the number of our characters we want in that movie could kill it with excesses. Cap 2 got it right with a perfect blend of story and adequate screen time for characters without detracting from the main protagonist and antagonist. This is where Thor 2 fell short as the antagonist was not allowed enough time to develop and was subsumed by already well known characters like Loki. Whedon has to smart and not fall into trying to please everyone with a deluge of heroes to the detriment of the story.

  16. I’m sure we will see falcon again in captain america 3

  17. LOVED this movie!!! I liked that Cap was portrayed as more of a Superhero this time. His powers were really showcased. My favorite character in the movie, though, was The Falcon. Anthony Mackie just blew me away in this role as not just a friend and ally to Cap, but someone that wasn’t afraid to take on the challenge that he did. I’d only seen Mackie in a few roles prior to this one, but his performance as Falcon made me take notice of a truly fine actor. Hope we see him again and again in the Marvel Universe.

  18. Falcon needs to be in Avengers! War Machine at least had the excuse that he was still active military!


  20. Honestly I think there may be a mid credits scene where the falcon comes out from something in the Avengers Tower after Stark makes him a new set of wings and upgrades…. because he lost the last wing suit in TWS… I really hope he comes out in the future though and im sure he will.